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Government shutdown and tax filing info, courtesy of Melissa Schiff, CPA PC

Government Shutdown and Tax Filing

The IRS will continue limited operations.  Their plan was released, but there is no assurance it is the final status.

They anticipate a staff reduction of over 55%.



Here’s a partial list of functions that directly impact taxpayers and would typically be put on hold if the government shuts down:

– No tax refunds issued

– No processing of non-disaster relief transcripts

– No processing of forms 1040X, amended returns

– No non-automated collections

– No audit or examinations (some exceptions apply)

Here’s a partial list of functions that directly impact taxpayers which will typically continue if the government shuts down:

– Processing of returns with payments

– E-filing

– Mailing tax forms

– Appeals (statutory deadlines will not be changed)

– Call centers (only during filing season) – WARNING – this was the plan in 2013 but they actually closed down the phones

– Civil and criminal tax cases

– Certain communications to taxpayers

– Active criminal investigations



Application Materials Now Available for Visit Morgan County’s 2018 Grant Programs

Visit Morgan County offers three grant programs to help support visitor-related businesses, events, and quality of place projects throughout Morgan County.

MARTINSVILLE –   Information and application materials are now available for the 2018 cycle of Visit Morgan County’s three grant programs. The county’s tourism office oversees three separate grant programs to support the local tourism industry and help reinvest in the local community. The Festival and Event Grant and Cooperative Marketing Grant Programs come directly out of the non-profit organization’s annual budget. The third program, the Tourism Enhancement and Development (TED) Fund Program is administered through Visit Morgan County but is a program of the Morgan County Convention, Visitors and Tourism Commission, the government-appointed body that oversees Visit Morgan County.

All visitor-related businesses, as well as local festivals and events that meet the program criteria, re encouraged to apply for grant funds. Visit Morgan County is committed to helping area attractions, eateries and events grow and attract new visitors, thereby growing the local economy as well.

Visit Morgan County executive director, Tosha Daugherty says “A good portion of our visitors are enjoying area restaurants, recreation opportunities and events as part of their visit. Improving the visitor experience in Morgan County will lead to additional return visitation, so anything we can do to help support and grow those kinds of local initiatives, and help raise awareness about them, is something we are very excited about.”

Details about each grant program are listed below, and additional information as well as application materials can be found online at Those with additional questions are invited to visit the Visitors Center inside The Main Connection at 460 South Main Street in Martinsville, email or call the office at 765-346-5611.

Festival and Event Grant Program
Open to festivals and events taking place within Morgan County between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Events must be open to the general public and cannot be political in nature. Applicants can request up to $1,000 per event and awards are given based on a set scoring system detailed in the application materials. A total of $5,000 is allocated for this program for this budget cycle.

Cooperative Marketing Grant Program
Open to visitor focused businesses such as attractions, restaurants and retails shops with visitor appeal. The Cooperative Marketing Match Program allows these businesses to apply for up to 50% reimbursement of certain qualifying marketing expenses. Maximum award per business per year is $500 total. A total of $3000 is allocated to this program for this budget cycle.

Tourism Enhancement & Development (TED) Fund Program
Open to local municipalities, organizations and businesses who have an idea or project in mind that will enhance the local visitor experience or develop a new visitor experience in Morgan County. Awards are decided by the Morgan County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Commission. Applications are welcome at any time. Maximum award per project is $5,000. Past recipients include public art projects, programming, parks and recreation projects and more.

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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.

Thirty-one employees recognized for 385 years of service

MARTINSVILLE — Thirty-one employees of South Central Indiana REMC recently were recognized for their work anniversaries—385 collective years of service. Six employees, Joe Stiles, Rob Pryor, Warren Dausch, Troy Martin, Bob Houseworth, and Vicky Nail celebrated 30 years with the cooperative.

SCI REMC President and CEO James Tanneberger (right), presented anniversary awards to employees this week. Employees celebrating 30 years of service include: (left to right) Joe Stiles, Rob Pryor, Warren Dausch, Troy Martin, Bob Houseworth, and Vicky Nail.

Other employees who recently celebrated anniversaries were:

  • 20 years: Jack Hubbard
  • 15 years: Vernon Sweeney
  • 10 years: Andy Bare, Josh Britt, Charity Coffman, Don Edwards, Chad Griffin, Bret Hopkins, Vicki Marshall, Scott Morton, Chris O’Neal, Jim Orman, Jeremy Wingler
  • 5 years: Bob Abel, Ryan Amburgey, Joel Cooke, Jack DeRossett, Jason Dipert, Paula Harper, Doug Hornberger, Marilou Idland, Tom Parker, Jonathan Presley, Jordy Smith, Shelby Thomas

“SCI REMC proudly recognizes its employees for their dedicated years of service,” stated James Tanneberger, President and CEO of South Central Indiana REMC. “I would like to congratulate all of our employees for their achievements.”

SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.

Signs Go Up to Welcome Visitors to Morgan County

The signage serves the dual purpose of letting visitors know they’ve entered the Morgan County Soil & Water Conservation District and also informing them where to get additional information about the area.

MARTINSVILLE –   The Directors and Staff of the Morgan County Soil & Water Conservation District are proud to announce the installation of new highway signs at our county borders where all state highways enter the county. The first four of nine signs are now up and the rest are due to be up by spring.

The original metal signs to designate the Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District were installed in the late 1940’s and have rusted and deteriorated to the point where only the remains of two can be found.

New signage on State Rd. 44 as you leave Johnson County Photo Credit: Morgan County Soil & Water Conservation District

The Soil & Water Conservation District applied for a Tourism Enhancement and Development (TED) Grant in 2017 to help pay for the new signage. The TED Grant Program is administered by the Morgan County Convention, Visitors and Tourism Commission, which also oversees the county tourism office, known as Visit Morgan County. The program was established to help enhance and develop the visitor experience throughout Morgan County.

Since the intent of the signage was to welcome travelers as they entered the county, it made sense to utilize the signage to direct visitors to additional information about things to do in the area as well.  Each sign directs visitors to the Visit Morgan County website,, to find out more about what the area offers as a destination.

The new signs are of high-grade aluminum and should remind visitors for many years to come that our County Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to promoting conservation practices for both present and future generations and that our county offers much to see and do for both travelers and residents.

The signs are made possible through the help of the Morgan County Convention, Visitors and Tourism Commission, the Morgan County Plan Commission, and the Morgan County Highway dept.

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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.

Plainfield WorkOne Job Fair tomorrow


Plainfield WorkOne Job Fair –Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Job Fair is 10 am – 1 pm

Veterans Preference 10-10:15 am

The Job Fair is located at the Plainfield WorkOne office, which moved to this new location last December:

WorkOne Plainfield

995 Andico Road, Plainfield IN 46168

Office Phone 317-838-9335

Take US 40/ Main street to Carr Road (just after Duke Energy).  Turn north.  A short distance you will see the Plainfield Post Office on the left.  Andico Road is immediately after the post office.  Turn left and WorkOne is on the left.

Participating Employers and current openings posted:

Brownsburg School Corporation

  • Custodians

ConAgra- Indianapolis

  • Production Operator, Forklift, Parts Room Clerk

KForce  – Indianapolis

  • Accounts Receivable, Admin Assistant, Collections Specialist

Free Enterprise System – various locations

  • Charter Bus Drivers

Nice-Pak – Mooresville and Plainfield

  • Mooresville – Compounder in Training, Operator in Training, Continuous Improvement Engineer, Value Stream Tech Lead, Process Engineer
  • Plainfield – Packer, Yard Spotter, Warehouse Clerk, Warehouse Operator-Forklift,

Jeco Plastics – Plainfield

  • Axis/CNC Trimming Machine Operator, Rotational Molding Machine Operator, Machine Maintenance, Second Shift Supervisor/Foreman, Thermoforming Operator

TSA – Indianapolis Airport

  • Transportation Security Officers at Indianapolis Airport, Part-time pay rate $15.75

Learn more about Youth Connections’ Host Home program

Youth Connections will be holding an informational meeting about its Host Home program.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Public Library – 110 S. Jefferson St. – Martinsville.

The Host Home program provides temporary emergency shelter care for children between the ages of 7-18.

For more information, contact: Dawn LaPlante at or call 317-738-3273.

January luncheon features time strategies presentation

The Martinsville Chamber had a great start to 2018, with an interesting presentation and a delicious lunch provided by a restaurant coming soon to downtown.  Thanks to all who took time to join us for our January luncheon meeting.  We welcomed new members Indiana Web Solutions and Holy Smoke Hog Roast and our Social Media Minute winners were Chip Keller, Keller Office Supply (Likes & reviews) and Tracy Scott, WCBK 102.3 FM (Interview on FB Live).
Time Strategies That Work, presented by executive coach Kim Stoneking, encouraged audience members to follow some “tried and true” suggestions to determine how to better spend their time.  See the presentation here: Time Strategies_MVille Chamber 1-19-18
Mr. Stoneking mentioned that he would love to work with small groups on related topics and is available for consultation.  For more info on this: Time Strategies – Managing your time MVille
Mr. Stoneking can be reached at or 317.313.9522.
Kim Stoneking, Presenter          
Time Strategies That Work
Kim B. Stoneking, CBC, CAE started the Vantage Group in 2011 after more than 20 years as a CEO. At the Vantage Group, Kim offers one-on-one & group coaching and strategic planning to help individuals and organizations to get past those issues keeping them awake at night and realize greater success.  His clients range from start-ups to organizations with more than $500 million in annual revenue.  Kim is graduate of the US Chambers Institute for Organization Management, a Certified Business Coach and Certified Innermetrix Consultant.
Lunch was sponsored by Duke Energy and catered by Holy Smoke Hog Roast Catering Company, the BBQ restaurant that will be opening in the building currently being renovated by Artesian Group at 41 S. Main St. (across from the post office).